- The Marriage Pact, Michelle Richmond, thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Alice and Jake are newlyweds who find themselves part of a group of people who have committed to protecting their marriages at all cost. I found the premise of this fascinating and it was nice that it was a different kind of plot, but I didn’t love how the storyline developed and I didn’t like the characters. I thought it was interesting, but ultimately disappointing.
- Just Between Us, Rebecca Drake, thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I saw this at Barnes and Noble, read the first couple pages, and then had to leave, so I requested it from the library and waited very impatiently for it to become available. Maybe I’m just burned out on this genre, but I was disappointed by this one too. It’s about four suburban moms who work together to cover up a crime. I saw all the twists coming, and I’m usually terrible at that. The storyline went some strange places and I was never gripped by it. I’m glad I didn’t impulse buy it and waited for the library copy. 🙂
- The Four Habits of Joy-Filled Marriages, Marcus Warner & Chris Coursey, marriage/psychology ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
David went to a conference and heard Marcus Warner speak about the brain science behind joy, and attendees were given this book as a gift. It’s a really quick read, I finished it in fewer than 24 hours. I had more background information than is given in the book because David told me more about what was said at the conference, but I found it all fascinating. The practices they give for increasing joy in marriage seem reasonable to me. They give several exercises to practice with your spouse, and honestly some of them seem like they will be really awkward, but I am looking forward to trying others of them.